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COVID-19 Response

Announcement: April 21, 2020 Food Security As of April 21, we have raised $33,000 toward our $40,000 matching challenge. These funds have allowed us to begin distributing grocery store gift cards to 200 families across our programs to help meet Read More …

Building a Greater Bronx with Citi Community Progress Makers

A new public art installation that addresses the community’s need for safer, more vibrant, and more welcoming public spaces; increased outreach and small business support to local merchants at risk of displacement in the South Bronx; continued professional development opportunities Read More …

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Back-to-School Giveaway

WHEDco partnered with Garden of Dreams Foundation to Donate School Supplies to South Bronx Families Standing under the blazing sun, hundreds of people formed lines that looped around the street, into the parking area, and into the yard at the Read More …

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Bronx Music at Melrose 2019 Recap

On Saturday, July 27, 2019, WHEDco and its Bronx Music Heritage Center celebrated Bronx Music at Melrose, a FREE, full-day event featuring live performances by Bronx musicians, arts & crafts, games for the whole family, free food & refreshments, and Read More …

Boogie Down Booth Celebrates Bronx Music, Enhances Public Space

WHEDco unveils public installation bringing music, solar-powered lights, seating, and community art to underutilized South Bronx space On Friday, June 14, 2019, WHEDco unveiled a colorful new public installation bringing Bronx music, solar-powered lights, seating, and community art to an Read More …

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2018 Community Needs Assessments

Crotona Park East/Morrisania and Wakefield/Edenwald Neighborhoods WHEDco recently conducted community studies in two Bronx neighborhoods: Crotona Park East, home to our Intervale Green affordable housing development, and Wakefield/Edenwald, a northern Bronx neighborhood. These Community Needs Assessments help us develop a Read More …

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Southern Boulevard Community Clean-Up

On Saturday, May 11, 2019, WHEDco and Crotona Park East community members gathered to clean up Southern Boulevard, from Westchester Ave to E 175th Street, collecting a total of 15 large trash bags. The Southern Boulevard Clean-Up was organized in Read More …

Inspire Scholarship Recipients

Congrats to our Inspire Scholarship Recipients!

Four Teen Program Participants Awarded Renewable Scholarships to the College of their Choice We know our students are superstars but, this year, a talented, hardworking group of teenagers really took the cake! High school seniors Monserrat Ambrosio, Melkyn Acosta, Natalia Read More …

Celebrating National Social Work Month

Reflections from our Family Support Team March is National Social Work Month, which provides us an opportunity to reflect on the important contributions of our dedicated team of case managers, school social workers, family support workers, and counselors. We asked Read More …

Small Business Resource Fair 2019

With support from the NYC Department of Small Business Services, WHEDco held a Bronx Small Business Resource Fair on February 26, 2019 to create a one-stop-shop for Bronx Small Businesses to learn about various opportunities to help their businesses succeed. Read More …

When Legalizing Marijuana, Our Youth Should Come First

Opinion Piece by Davon Russell, President of WHEDco New York State is on the verge of legalizing marijuana for recreational use, a move that has been applauded by many. Reasons for supporting the bill abound, including hundreds of millions of Read More …

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WHEDco Super Star: Natalia Baez

Natalia Baez is no stranger to adversity. Born to immigrant parents who hailed from the Dominican Republic, she was raised in the Bronx by her single mother. Her father had passed away when she was only nine years old, leaving Read More …

Bronx Commons Topping Out Ceremony

WHEDco and BFC Partners Celebrated Topping Out of Construction on New Affordable Housing and Cultural Center at Bronx Commons On Friday, January 11, 2019, WHEDco and BFC Partners celebrated the topping out of construction of Bronx Commons, a mixed-used development Read More …

Bronx Families in Focus

Nueva Bronx: 21st Century Families It was all about Bronx families on September 29, 2018, when community members gathered at Railroad Park in Melrose to celebrate the culmination of an arts residency project with photographer David Flores that aimed to Read More …

Home-Based Childcare Services

Empowering Women while Improving Quality of Childcare Bernadette Lamboy found her real calling as a childcare provider thanks to WHEDco. Fourteen years ago, her position at the FDNY was eliminated, and she found herself without a job and without childcare Read More …

What’s Next for our Teens?

High School and College! The school year may be over but, for many of our teen students, a new journey is just about to begin. Gianney Ledesma has been a student at PS/MS 218 in the Bronx since her elementary Read More …

Bronx Music at Melrose

On Friday, July 13, 2018 WHEDco held its annual Bronx Music @ Melrose on East 161st Street between Melrose & Elton Aves. This FREE outdoor street festival provided fun for the whole family, while connecting community members with local resources Read More …

WHEDco boosts small businesses along Southern Boulevard in the Bronx as part of Commercial Corridor Challenge

WHEDco, LISC NYC, Citi Community Development and the NYC SBS team up to carry out targeted improvements to increase economic vitality in Crotona East/Morrisania in the Bronx Many urban neighborhoods that have experienced under-investment for generations are finally seeing signs Read More …

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WHEDco to Receive $10,000 Grant from the National Endowment for the Arts

Funding will partially support WHEDco’s Bronx Music Heritage Center Special Concert Series National Endowment for the Arts Chairman Jane Chu has approved more than $80 million in grants as part of the NEA’s second major funding announcement for fiscal year Read More …

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WHEDco Selected by Citi Foundation as one of its 2018 Community Progress Makers

$500,000 Investment in core operating support will enable WHEDco to increase opportunities for Bronx residents to participate in economic changes and new investment coming to the borough The Citi Foundation announced that WHEDco was selected as the recipient of a Read More …

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March is National Nutrition Month!

Spotlight on WHEDco’s Early Education and Afterschool Healthy Eating Initiatives Healthy eating habits instilled at an early age encourage both parents and children to make sound eating choices. WHEDco’s early childhood education and afterschool programs ensure that students are not Read More …

Sustainability in Action

CoGen Open House at Urban Horizons After nearly 5 years in operation, WHEDco is reaping the energy-saving benefits of the Cogeneration System at its Urban Horizons affordable housing development in the South Bronx. The combined heat and power system, also Read More …

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Busy Season at WHEDco’s Rooftop Urban Farm

130 pounds of produce and 15 educational activities… Building residents reap the benefits! That’s a wrap! The 2017 farm season may be over, but residents of WHEDco’s Intervale Green affordable housing development in the South Bronx can continue to apply Read More …

Matching Gift Challenge

Please support WHEDco’s mission to create healthy, thriving communities and critical opportunities for Bronx families. Thanks to a generous donor, all gifts raised between now and December 31st, 2017 will be matched dollar-for-dollar up to $100,000! Giving is easy!  Read More …

Announcing Changes to Bronx CookSpace!

New year, new services! Bronx CookSpace, WHEDco’s commercial kitchen incubator, has announced that, beginning in 2018, it will expand its services to streamline the kitchen experience for its tenants as part of a new program model. Bronx CookSpace is also Read More …

Ella Calzada at the High School Fair

Ready for the Next Big Step

WHEDco’s 15th Annual High School Fair Connects Hundreds of Students with Top High Schools Ella Calzada walks up to the Cardinal Spellman High School table at WHEDco’s 15th Annual High School Fair. She already knows that she’s interested in this Read More …

Nancy Biberman Steps Aside as President of WHEDco; Davon Russell Named as Successor

Biberman to Serve as Senior Advisor for Housing Development & President Emerita The Board of the Women’s Housing and Economic Development Corporation (WHEDco) has announced that Nancy Biberman is stepping aside as the organization’s president, a position she has held Read More …

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Kindergarten, Here We Come!

WHEDco’s Early Childhood Discovery Center Celebrates its “Moving Up” Ceremony Early childhood is full of milestones. From baby steps to first words to the terrible two’s, those early years are critical to a child’s development. And for parents and caregivers, Read More …

Ready for High School? Yes!

70% of 8th grade students in Project STEP have been accepted into high-performing high schools Eighth grade students in WHEDco’s middle-to-high-school transition program, known as Project STEP, are ready to take on high school! Project STEP (Students Toward Educational Promise) is Read More …

Participants of WHEDco's Teen Program during the end-of-year dinner

Beating the Odds

100% of seniors in our Teen Program are off the college! Four years ago, as a scared high school freshman sitting through an introductory session to the Teen Program at WHEDco’s Leadership Center, Mario Ynfante never dreamed he’d be heading Read More …

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JAM Empowers Middle and High School Students through Sex-Ed

Sixth grade students at PS/MS 218 scramble to get into groups of seven before beginning an exercise about sexual health. The exercise requires the middle-schoolers to navigate sex-ed terms like “puberty,” “hormones,” and “menstruation,” and match them with their correct Read More …

WHEDco after-school participants from PS/MS 218 onstage during BM@M 2017.

Bronx Music @ Melrose 2017 Recap!

WHEDco shuts down 161st Street for a full afternoon of family fun! Children’s laughter. A bouncy-house at full capacity. Police officers and local kids playing a competitive game of street soccer. This was the scene at the Melrose neighborhood in Read More …

WHEDco Chess Team at SuperNationals

Crossing State Lines to Make us Proud

WHEDco Chess Team shows off at SuperNationals! At 3:30am on Thursday, May 11, seven sleepy students from our After School Enrichment Program at PS/MS 218 met up at their school with Program Director Jamie Yellen and Chess Coach Zak Dean. Read More …

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Bronx Commons is awarded the 2017 Creating a Dynamic City Award

During The Richman Group and RichMAC’s first annual awards ceremony! WHEDco and BFC Partners have been awarded the 2017 Creating a Dynamic City Award for their work on Bronx Commons, a 426,000 square foot, $165M mixed-used development in Melrose Commons Read More …

Business Attraction in Action

Melrose Retail Space Tour Recap! “I didn’t know WHEDco could do all of this!” was a phrase overheard during WHEDco’s recent Retail Space Tour across the Melrose neighborhood in the South Bronx. More than 30 attendees –who included prospective restaurateurs, Read More …

Bridging Home & School

WHEDco’s Family Literacy Program Hafsatu Jalloh stood in front of a crowd gathered at WHEDco’s Urban Horizons Early Childhood Discovery Center, home to its Head Start program. She and a group of fellow adult English learners were there to share Read More …

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Jerome Avenue CDNA

With support from the NYC Department of Small Business Services (SBS) in 2016, WHEDco assessed the needs of the area around the Jerome Avenue commercial corridor from McClellan Avenue up to the Cross Bronx Expressway. This corridor serves as a Read More …

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Rent Burden in the South Bronx

Far too many people -particularly New Yorkers- struggle to make ends meet every month, especially when it comes to their rent. This brief uses data from the DATA2GO.NYC site to examine rent burden in the three Bronx community districts where Read More …

Melrose Oral Histories

The history of a neighborhood is made up of countless personal stories —triumphs, tribulations, families, friendships— in which the neighborhood serves as a setting and plays an important role. WHEDco, in collaboration with New York University (NYU), is looking to Read More …

Bronx Commons Breaks Ground in Melrose

On Friday, January 13, 2017, WHEDco broke ground on its third and most ambitious affordable housing development yet: Bronx Commons! The development will be constructed in the Melrose neighborhood of the South Bronx, in partnership with BFC Partners, and will Read More …

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Melrose Community Needs & Actions Report

WHEDco’s third affordable housing development in the Bronx, Bronx Commons, will be located in the Melrose neighborhood. To better understand and help meet the needs of the Melrose community, we conducted a community needs assessment focused on a one-mile radius Read More …

WHEDco Illuminates Christmas Tree In Melrose

On Wednesday, December 21, 2016, WHEDco’s community development department partnered with the New York City Department of Parks and Recreation to light a Christmas tree at Railroad Park in the Bronx. The installment of decorations caught the attention of passersby Read More …

Entrepreneurs Tour the Bronx to Grow their Small Businesses

On Thursday, November 10, 2016, small business owners boarded a trolley and embarked on the Southern Boulevard Retail Space Tour to take their small businesses to the next level. The tour was organized by WHEDco, in partnership with the Southern Read More …

Boogie Down Beer Fest 2016 attendees

Boogie Down Beer Fest Helps Build A Greater Bronx, One Craft Beer At A Time

On Saturday, October 22, 2016, Boogie Down Beer Fest returned to Bronx Beer Hall for the second consecutive year. Organized by WHEDco and its Junior Board, the event aims to raise money and awareness about WHEDco’s mission to create healthier, Read More …

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WHEDco President Receives National Award for Transformative Work in the South Bronx

Biberman is First in New York to Receive Peter B. Goldberg Aramark Building Community Executive Leadership Award and Grant Honor Recognizes Biberman’s Dedication to Building Affordable Housing and Vibrant Communities in the Bronx New York, NY – Nancy Biberman, president Read More …

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Urban Horizons hosts Open House New York

On Saturday, October 15, WHEDco hosted tours at Urban Horizons, its affordable housing development on 50 East 168th Street, formerly Morrisania Hospital, as part of Open House New York (OHNY) weekend. Designed by architect Charles Meyers, Morrisania Hospital opened its Read More …

Young dancers onstage at Bronx Summer Fest 2016.

Bronx Summer Fest – Total Success!

On Saturday, September 17 and Saturday, September 24, WHEDco and The Children’s Aid Society in New York partnered with the NYC Department of Transportation’s Weekend Walks program to present Bronx Summer Fest 2016 in Crotona Park East. It was a Read More …

WHEDco 2016 Benefit and Ballgame

WHEDco Benefit & Ballgame

Thanks to the generosity of our friends and supporters, WHEDco raised over $200,000 to help us continue to build healthy, thriving communities for families in the South Bronx. The Benefit and Ballgame also gave us the opportunity to honor three Read More …

Young students at Garden of Dreams BBQ at WHEDco Summer Arts Day Camp.

Garden of Dreams BBQ at WHEDco’s Summer Arts Day Camp

On Thursday, August 18, the Garden of Dreams Foundation, New York Liberty, and WHEDco partnered to host a summer’s end BBQ and Potluck for students and parents from WHEDco’s Summer Arts Day Camp in the Bronx. The event included music, Read More …